Wests and the Web
This page describes things that you can do with Wests and the world wide
web. The instructions below show you how to transfer your HTML files (as
generated by Wests) to your website. You can also set up Wests to send tips
directly to footytips.net where there is a
free tipping service available
to receive tips for your tipping competition.
Previously, there was a PHP script bundled with Wests that was used
to receive tips on your web server and email received tips back to the
tipster for confirmation. Due to support issues, the
tipping script is no longer available for download, though this arrangement
means that there is now less setup and maintenance involved on your part.
Things you must have before you can start:
- An account on the web server with FTP access and space for a web page.
Your ISP typically provides this as part of your account.
- The name of the subdirectory on the server where your web site will go.
If you don't know, contact your ISP!
What you need to do
once before the competition, and then after each round, is copy the files
to the web server. This isn't as nasty as it sounds, Wests can
automate the process. To do this:
- Download psftp.exe from this link.
psftp is a secure FTP client used to transfer files over the internet.
Save it it your Wests directory. Note that it may be illegal for you to
download psftp due to cryptography import laws: read more at the
- If you can't download psftp, or don't have access to a secure STP (sFTP)
server, then you can use the non-secure FTP program included with Windows. The
only difference to you is that you must un-tick the option for using psftp
when you save your web pages and transfer them. Note that it is highly
recommended that you use psftp if possible! If you don't, then your
password for logging into the server will be sent across the internet without
being encrypted. A local file containing a list of FTP commands will also contain
your unencrypted password, though it will be deleted when you have finished
FTP-ing your files.
- Open up your Wests directory in Windows Explorer and run psftp.exe.
- Type: open username@servername
where username is your login name for the server and servername is the
server's host name or IP address
- Enter your password when prompted.
- You should be prompted with a question about host keys not being stored
in the cache, answer yes. This will only appear the first time you connect
to this server using psftp.
- Type: mkdir subdirname
where subdirname is the name of the subdirectory where your website will
live, typically WWW or www but check with your systems administrator.
- Type: chmod 711 subdirname
This lets people have access to your web directory, but they can't
list the directory contents or make any changes.
- Type: cd subdirname
This moves you into your newly created subdirectory.
- Type: put index.html
This places the index.html file saved by Wests (using the Save index file option)
into your directory on the server. You only need to transfer this file once. Wests
will not transfer this file when it transfers other files because you may have made
changes to it that you don't want to be overwritten.
- Type: put style.css
This will make your tipping web pages look less boring, and will show
correct tips in green and
incorrect tips in red for easy viewing.
- In the dialog box where you save the HTML files, you will notice
four text entry boxes in the bottom half of the window, you need to
fill in the details here using the same parameters used above. If the
box is ticked, then Wests will securely transfer the newly generated
files to that directory on the web server. Note that for security
reasons, Wests will not save your server password, you need to enter
it each time you transfer files.
- Before the competition starts, and after you have input all fixture
and tipster data (well, at least their names), you should generate
files for all rounds, and transfer them. This allows tipsters
to tip for any round at any time - all the data is on the website.
- After you have entered results for each round, you only need to
save and transfer files for that round.
Wests Tipping Software
Version 1.4.5 29/05/2011 (Version history)
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